BANGKOK — The Thai people are beginning to smile again following the collapse of their currency and economy in 1997. Their interest in all things automotive is perking up, as well. Admittedly, major financial problems remain unresolved. Public debt of US$48.8 billion is 37% of the gross domestic product — more than twice the pre-crisis level — and nearly 40% of bank loans are non-performing. But the worst appears to be over. International Monetary Fund aid ended on schedule in mid-June ...

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